Wilton Center was a little busier than usual Friday evening, as people gathered to enjoy an evening of local shopping and seasonal fun during the Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual Holiday Stroll.
Santa Claus arrived at the event accompanied by Jillian Mahon and Amanda Hendry, co-captains of the Wilton High School girls field hockey state championship team, on a “red sleigh” — a fire truck provided and ushered by the Wilton Fire Department.
The trio sleighed their way through the downtown area to the Town Green, where First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice and other field hockey team members awaited their arrival before commencing the ceremonial lighting of the town holiday tree.
After the tree-lighting, Santa made his way to the the Town Green gazebo, where children of all ages shared with him their holiday wishes, while others played and posed for pictures with their families in front of the holiday tree.
The Wilton Library offered refreshments and a fireplace for people to warm by, and those interested in benefiting the Wilton Library Association could take “ornaments” — or wish list items — from the library’s Giving Tree. In the parking lot, the library had a telescope set up for people to stargaze.
For the Holiday Stroll, downtown merchants had extended hours and many offered refreshments for visitors to enjoy, as did some real estate offices and the Chamber office.